With the loss of Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter a few animal relocation shows have entered the television market including Billy The Exterminator now in it’s fourth season. The somewhat comical look at trapping vermin to vipers and any other pesky animals has come to DVD in Billy the Exterminator: Complete Season Four.
The show features a very screwy yet important family animal relocation business called Vexon lead by Billy Bretheran and his brother Ricky. The two with the help of animal control businesses go around the country trapping the likes of huge alligators, bobcats, rodents, wild pigs, snakes, skunks, 30-pound geese, possums, raccoons and other pests that have invaded a community. With a little tongue-in-cheek and sight gags, the two are quite fun to watch. Although not as sharp and wacky as Steve Irwin, their attempts at catching some of the animals can get very comical.
There are 12 episodes in the 2-disc set that fill out the Billy the Exterminator: The Complete Season Four. Some of the more amusing include “When Gators Attack” where Billy and Ricky travel to Texas to pull a six foot gator out of a swamp hole in a neighborhood. It gets pretty scary at times with the gator breaking some skin and trying to drag Billy into a muddy hole.
In “Desert Destroyers” we are introduced to a wild hairy pig like animal called a Javelina with prehistoric saber tooth tusks that can tear a hand off in seconds. They run in packs and have invaded a community in Arizona. The two along with a local animal handler trap the critters while fending off rattlesnakes and pack rats. I also enjoyed the skunk hunt and water park clean up in the episode “Skunks on a Plane”. The funny little episode had me laughing at Billy’s attempt to corner a skunk with his hands only to make the smelly varmint angry.
The other episodes are aptly named and include: “What Lurks Beneath”, “Furry Infestation”, “Aerial Attack”, “Bobcat Battle”, “Suck It Up”, “Dirty Rat”, “Good Morning Gators”, “Hoarder House Rats”, and “Gators in Waiting”.
The fun show is unrated but has some mild language, nasty bites, a beheaded bunny and a dead cat.
FINAL ANALYSIS: An interesting show for the tweens and teens.
Specifications and additional film information:
- Cast: Billy Bretherton, brother Ricky, Bill Sr., and mother Donnie
- Rating: Unrated
- Genre: ‘DocuSoap’ Reality TV
- Running Time: 4 hrs 16 min
- Street Date: April 24, 2012
- Original A&E Showings: 2011
- Language: English
- Format: DVD
- Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
- Video: Widescreen
- Subtitles: English and Spanish
- Number of Discs: 2, 12 Episodes
- Distributed by: A&E TV